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Doctor insights on: Why Do Medical Professionals Claim That Rotator Cuff Muscle Injuries Never Heal

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Why do medical professionals claim that rotator cuff muscle injuries never heal?

Why do medical professionals claim that rotator cuff muscle injuries never heal?

Needs rx immediately: Without proper treatment, symptoms of a rotator cuff injury or tear can persist for months or years, and they usually become worse over time. Most rotator cuff injuries respond to treatment within four to six weeks, especially if an injection is part of the treatment. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Do shoulder injuries need immediate attention? How dangerous is an unevaluted shoulder injury? Are shoulder injuries a bad thing?

Do shoulder injuries need immediate attention? How dangerous is an unevaluted shoulder injury? Are shoulder injuries a bad thing?

Hard to say: If you are worried about it I would get in evaluated. It can be as little as a bursitis or tendonitis or worse like a muscle tear, etc. ...Read more

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What do they do to fix rotator cuff injuries?

What do they do to fix  rotator cuff injuries?

Rotator cuff: The rotator cuff tendon is repaired back to the bone where it tore away from. This can be done with arthroscopic surgery and suture anchors. ...Read more

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Why do most rotator cuff injuries involve the suprasipatus muscle?

Why do most rotator cuff injuries involve the suprasipatus muscle?

More on Rotator Cuff: We also see subscapularis tears in approximately 35% of the rotator cuff tears we treat. Learn more here: http://theshouldercenter.Com/rotator-cuff-tear.Htm and http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/shoulderpain/2013/rotator-cuff-repair-2/rotator-cuff-tear-subscapularis/. ...Read more

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What do I do for injuries that include sprains, torn muscles, torn ligaments?

What do I do for injuries that include sprains, torn muscles, torn ligaments?

Immediately RICE: R-rest, i-ice, c-compression, e-elevation is a good initial step in most musculoskeletal injuries. Your question covers a broad array of injuries from common strains/sprains which may just require a little activity modification to torn ligaments/ tendons that may ultimately need surgery. If an injury involving a joint is unstable, has significant swelling or prevents weight bearing see a doctor. ...Read more

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Do rotator cuff injuries ever heal completely?

Do rotator cuff injuries ever heal completely?

Yes: A strain of the rotator cuff usually heals in 6-8 weeks. Rotator cuff tears in general do not heal unless surgically repaired. Surgical treatment is generally done arthroscopically (using a small camera). Most patients (90%) have improvement and are satisfied with surgery. Healing of the tendon after surgical repair is dependent on the size and type of tear as well how old the tear is. ...Read more

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Do doctors know of any supplements that aid in soft tissue (tendons/muscles/ligaments) recovery from athletic injury ? Or that promote healthy ones?

Do doctors know of any supplements that aid in soft tissue (tendons/muscles/ligaments) recovery from athletic injury ? Or that promote healthy ones?

Many can help: I advise an anti-inflammatory diet: http://bit.Ly/1awxd11 important nutrients include vitamin c, b6, b12, magnesium, manganese ; zinc- see http://www.Terrytalksnutrition.Com/weekly-articles/2010/10-01/stay-connected-healthy-ligaments-and-tendons/ homeopathy can help (consider ruta grav). Some advise taking collagen. ...Read more

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What are some good triceps exercises I can do with a rotator cuff injury?

What are some good triceps exercises I can do with a rotator cuff injury?

Elbow extension.: The tricep extension machines, that you find at health clubs/gyms, are very effective. ...Read more

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Have torn acl. Non-athlete! rx: pt can I further injure knee? Do you think surgery is needed?

Have torn acl. Non-athlete!  rx: pt  can I further injure knee?  Do you think surgery is needed?

Depends...: If you are 38, not participating in recreational sports , and have an isolated acl tear( no meniscus tear) then physical therapy to regain motion and strengthen your quads is an option...Functional knee bracing can be helpful in some patients. Discuss w/ your ors. If u develop 'giving way' episodes w/ normal activities (despite above)than acl reconstruction would be indicated. Best of luck! ...Read more

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20y Ulnar, median nerves torn & surgically fixed, can't fully stretch elbow yet but I go to gym and can't strengthen my triceps muscle it it's very hard to work without weight!Any advice please thanks?

20y Ulnar, median nerves torn & surgically fixed, can't fully stretch elbow yet but I go to gym and can't strengthen my triceps muscle it it's very hard to work without weight!Any advice please thanks?

You only need to ask: The solution is follow the post operative instructions that should have been prescribed by your surgeon. You may need to push him for assistance for the proper rehabilitation protocol. If this is not possible, then inquire at your gym for an exercise coordinator for his input and assistance. ...Read more

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Which type of physical therapy do they do for rotator cuff tendonitis?

Which type of physical therapy do they do for rotator cuff tendonitis?

Multifaceted: Physical therapy for rotator cuff tendonitis or impingement syndrome is multifaceted and includes: postural training, imporvement in upper back strength, improvement in core strength, strengtheing the rotator cuff first in internal and external rotation and then eventually with forward elevation. Obtaining full painless full range of motion is important in early physical therapy treatment. ...Read more

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How many months of rehab do I have to do after rotator cuff surgery?

My patients: Have 4 weeks of homehealth and then 8 weeks of outpatient. Followed by a home therapy program. ...Read more

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Foot MDs at 3 major NYC hospitals won't attempt repair of ext. retinaculum but podiatrist will. Do podiatrists do more nonroutine surgery than MDs?

Foot MDs at 3 major NYC hospitals won't attempt repair of  ext. retinaculum but podiatrist will. Do podiatrists do more nonroutine surgery than MDs?

Different training: Orthopedic Surgeons and podiatrists have different training. Orthopedic Surgeons are MDs or DO go through the traditional medical and surgical training, podiatrists have a Diploma in Podiatric Medicine, DPM. The decisions to operate or not is based on experience and training of the individual. It is important to understand the problem and the available options including risk and benefits of each. ...Read more

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Full tear rotator cuff, therapy, excellent results, about 85% movement, some popping when moving, if i don't have surgery will anything bad happen?

Full tear rotator cuff, therapy,  excellent results,  about 85% movement,  some popping when moving, if i don't have surgery will anything bad happen?

Conservative: Unpredictable , but high chance if you had good physical therapy results and continue exercise you can postpone surgery indefinatly. Talk to ortho surgeon to review all options. ...Read more

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Can physical theorpy do more harm than good after a rotator cuff injury?

Rarely: Physical therapy is a good treatment for most rotator cuff injuries. Sometimes if there is significant inflammation, the therapy may make the symptoms worse. A rotator cuff tear will not get better with therapy. See a board certified orthopaedic surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What specific meditation or visualization programs do you recommend for self healing?#nqlu i'm specifically healing my cervical and lumbar spine injured in 2 car accidents. I have tried all the traditional medical protocols; acdf cervical fusion, epidural

What specific meditation or visualization programs do you recommend for self healing?#nqlu i'm specifically healing my cervical and lumbar spine injured in 2 car accidents. I have tried all the traditional medical protocols; acdf cervical fusion, epidural

No one best program: Meditation & visualization can promote healing & reduce pain. Consider brainwave biofeedback & tools like the insight cd: products.Mercola.Com/insight-focus/ there are many good visualization programs- try a few to see what resonates. Consider acupuncture, frequency specific microcurrent, homeopathy, neural therapy, prolozone, see holistic doc re: herbs & nutrients to support healing, see comment:. ...Read more

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I most likely have damaged my r. Hamstring; while lowering a heavy object to feet level. Do these torn fibers repair themselves normally ?

I most likely have damaged my r. Hamstring; while lowering a heavy object to feet level.  Do these torn fibers repair themselves normally ?

Tincture of time: Does wonders. Many professional athletes get similiar injuries. Often, they are on the disabled list and get daily physical therapy. Since, you are not a professional athlete, rest, ice or heat, possibly an ace bandage to help restrict motion can be helpful. If you have the time and resources physical therapy is recommended. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Rotator Cuff (Definition)

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that wrap around the ball of the ball and socket joint f the shoulder. The cuff muscles initiate the movements of internal and external rotation as well as lifting your arm ...Read more


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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more